Folk Music Festivals in California in 2014

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Find a comprehensive list of folk music festivals in California in 2014, including dates, locations, and ticket information.


Folk music encompasses a wide range of genres, including traditional folk, Celtic, Americana, world music, and contemporary folk. It is generally characterized by its use of acoustic instruments and its distinctly personal lyrics.

Californians are lucky to have access to a wide variety of folk music festivals throughout the state. From the Newport Folk Festival in Newport Beach to the San Francisco Folk Music Festival in Golden Gate Park, there is sure to be a folk festival that appeals to everyone.

Whether you are a die-hard folk fan or just looking for a fun weekend activity, California’s folk festivals are not to be missed!

Northern California

Folk music fans rejoice! There are several festivals to look forward to in Northern California this year. The San Francisco Folk Music Festival will take place in the Mission district from February 7-9. The lineup includes excellent performers from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Also on February 7-9 is the Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention in Berkeley. This festival features music from the Appalachian, old-time, Celtic, and bluegrass traditions.

San Francisco

The San Francisco Folk Music Festival is one of the oldest and largest folk music festivals in the United States. Held annually since 1957, the festival features a wide range of folk music and dance styles from around the world. Performers include both well-known and up-and-coming artists, making it a great event for both music lovers and those looking to discover new talent. The festival takes place in early December each year, making it a great way to get into the holiday spirit!


The village of Mendocino is located on the California coast about three hours north of San Francisco. This little town is big on arts and culture and hosts a number of events throughout the year, including the Mendocino Music Festival in July and the Mendocino Film Festival in May.

The Mendocino Music Festival is a two-week event that features more than 80 concerts, many of them outdoors in beautiful venues overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The festival features a wide range of music, from classical to jazz to world music, and takes place in various venues around Mendocino, including churches, parks, and theaters.

The Mendocino Film Festival is a five-day event that showcases independent films from around the world. The festival screens films in a variety of genres, including feature-length narratives and documentaries, shorts, and student films. There are also Q&A sessions with filmmakers, panels discussion, and special events.

Grass Valley

The Grass Valley Festival is a annual folk music festival in Grass Valley, California. The festival features a wide variety of folk music, including bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, Cajun and world music. The festival takes place on the first weekend of August and features over 100 musical acts on 10 stages.

Central California

Every year, music lovers from all over flock to California to attend some of the best folk music festivals in the country. Some of the most popular festivals are the Newport Folk Festival, the Berkeley Folk Music Festival, and the San Francisco Folk Music Festival. If you’re looking for a great folk music festival to attend this year, be sure to check out one of these three.

Santa Cruz

The Santa Cruz Folk Music Society sponsors singer-songwriter events, a contra dance series, and an annual folk music festival. All events are held at the historic Club Casablanca located in downtown Santa Cruz. Concerts are typically held on Friday and Saturday nights with contra dances on Sunday evenings. The folk music festival is a three-day event held on Memorial Day weekend. Club Casablanca is located at 217 Morrison Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.


The two-day Berkeley Oldtime Music Convention is a family-friendly event featuring music workshops, dances, and concerts. This year’s festival will be held on October 10-12.

Southern California

The Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival is one of the most well-known and respected folk music festivals in California. It has been going strong for over 50 years, and takes place in the small town of Topanga, nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains. If you’re looking for a more intimate folk music experience, this is the festival for you.

Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Folk Music Festivals were a series of annual music festivals, held in various locations in Los Angeles, California from 1961 to 1968. The festivals featured a wide variety of folk music, including artists from the American folk music revival, traditional musicians from many parts of the world, and new singer-songwriters. In addition to music, the festivals included workshops, crafts exhibits, and food from around the world.

The first festival was held at Sycamore Grove Park in October 1961 and featured Pete Seeger, Odetta, Burl Ives, Joan Baez, and新西兰纽约州 Richie Havens. The second festival was held in October 1962 at Palm Canyon Drive and featured Peter Paul and Mary, Joan Baez, The Weavers, Burl Ives, Woody Guthrie (in his last public appearance), and新西兰纽约州 Cisco Houston. The third festival was held in October 1963 at Encino Park and featured New York City’s Greenwich Village singersongwriter scene with Joan Baez Bob Dylan (in his first public appearance outside of the East Coast), Peter Paul & May再次出现斯坦威德音乐节了,以及更多传统的民间音乐手,如吉他手鲍勃·迪伦和木匠大卫·格林威尔。我们可以看到这个音乐节对当时音乐界产生了巨大的影响,并且在随后几十年里一直激励着人们去创造和发掘具有创造力的民间音乐。

San Diego

The San Diego Folk Heritage Society produces an annual festival that is held in various locations throughout San Diego County. The festival features music from around the world, dance performances, and crafts for sale.

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